To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org, seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: Re: No special inspection of CMU walls
From: Neil Moore <nmoore(--nospam--at)innercite.com>
Date: Fri, 02 Feb 2001 14:12:40 -0800
I would have everying cell tapped with a hammer to make sure that all of
the cells were filled that were suppose to be filled. I have found
structures built by "good" contractors with the bar in place and an empty
cell. If I remember correctly, the halving of the allowable design
stresses was the result of a industry wide problem with workmanship.
Neil Moore, S.E.
At 01:19 PM 2/2/2001 -0800, Steve Privett wrote:
>Well the materials don't know if they were inspected or not, so I'd think
>if you felt comfortable with the workmanship, you might allow the walls to
>remain standing. But I wouldn't make such a decision without several core
>samples and testing to establish the actual allowable stresses of the wall.
>If the quality is there, the samples should test ok and I'd think you
>willing to assume responsibility.... but I think that's an important
>element... what additional responsibility you are willing to assume to
>for the contractor's oversight.